Shipping a pool table can be a tedious process but the following tips can make the entire process less stressful and complicated. It is also wise to mull over things first because it might be less expensive to buy a new pool table than ship an old one. If there are no other options but to ship the pool table, all you need are few tools and careful organization for a successful move. Follow the directions on how to ship a pool table below and hire a reputable shipping company to safely transport the massive table.
First off, check shipping rates in your area to determine if the cost of a professional mover is a better option than moving a pool table yourself. Only use reputable movers with knowledge of how to properly move a pool table.
Measure the pool table and space it will occupy on its destination if you want to prepare the shipment yourself. Make sure that the new space is big enough to accommodate your table.
Wrap the pool table balls and rack in a snug box with heavy padding. Unscrew pool table sticks and pack into a long box with padding. Include the pool stick cues in your box.
Put on a support belt and gloves before moving or handling the components of a pool table. Always ask for help with heavy lifting and complicated dis-assembly.
Use a screwdriver to remove the bolts to the pool table rails and pockets.
Take an electric drill with the appropriate screwdriver bit and remove the slate from your pool table as well as the legs.
Wrap all of your components in bubble wrap or heavy padding and place into a flat crate or durable boxes. Never over-pack a box, stack your pieces, or apply unnecessary pressure.
Label all of your boxes with the inside components and seal the crate or boxes with shock cords or heavy tape. Keep the slate vertical at all times and wrap it in bubble wrap and a heavy blanket for protection.